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Tap Dancer!

by Blake Robinson

March 28th, 2013    0 Comments     Add Comment
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This week, my friend Eli Newsom asked to use my studio to shoot some video of his tap dancing. Pictured above is Eli at work, with his wife Christy filming the fancy footwork.

Eli is an amazing tap dancer. I saw him as one of the leads in 42nd Street. He danced on top of a quarter – well, a large quarter, but a pretty confined space to be sure.

Eli’s feet move so fast they were a blur. OK, I did slow the shutter speed down here to 1/13th of a second, but this image is pretty realistic in terms of how we experience watching a truly professional tapper.

Eli gives private tap lessons, and also has DVDs and iPhone aps to learn how to tap dance. Check out his website. In his spare time, he’s a financial planner in New York and runs Bridgeport Theatre Company. No wonder he’s learned how to move fast!

These are Eli’s spiffy custom made tap shoes. Kind of a gangster feel to them. But Eli is a straight arrow through and through.

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Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

 

Inspired by an Annie Leibowitz Image

Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting again with my friend, Wilhelmina, a college sophomore and an accomplished ballet dancer. (Stay tuned for other images from our recent shoot.)

I save a lot of images from magazines, online sources, etc. as possible inspirations for my shoots. At left is an iconic image by Annie Leibowitz, of the actress Anne Hathaway, for a Gap (Red) advertising campaign. I loved the soft flattering light and the pose – with the body turned to profile and face square to the camera. In my picture with Wilhelmina, we did some things in a similar fashion to the Annie Leibowitz photograph and some differently.

Compare the two images. How does each one strike you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions. You can either post a comment on the blog or send me an email.

Below is a back and white version. of the same picture. It has a completely different feeling.

Thanks, Wilhelmina, for a wonderful shoot!

 

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

 

 

 

 

Dance Show!

Last weekend, The Darien Arts Center put on a wonderful Dance Review. I had the privilege of taking pictures at the dress rehearsal the evening before opening night. This is an amazing company of youth and adult dancers whose enthusiasm for their craft is boundless – and terrific fun to watch.

Taking pictures in a theatre setting is really difficult. There’s just not enough light. A photographer has to push the limits of shutter speed, aperture and ISO.  Fast moving dancers add to the challenge. I cheated a little bit in this shoot – I know the lighting guys and asked them to goose up the lights for me for a few seconds during each of the numbers. This helped some.

A studio shooter gets spoiled – the light and the background are absolutely controllable and your subject generally stays still.  In this show, I’d watched an earlier rehearsal, so I had some sense of anticipating the action. Still, things move fast – the dancers and the lights. One of my photographer friends suggested if you can get one or two keepers out of ten, you’re doing well.

Congratulations to all the dancers in this high energy, fun performance. I love shooting dance and hope to be back next year!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

 

 

 

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